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1 The Stages of Caregiving Conni Mansaw, BSG Central Plains Area Agency on Aging

2 What is a Caregiver?

3 Caregiving in the U.S More than 50 million family caregivers More than 50 million family caregivers The value of services family caregivers provide for free is estimated to be $315 billion in The value of services family caregivers provide for free is estimated to be $315 billion in Sedgwick County reported 84,000 adults that have provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during the past year. Sedgwick County reported 84,000 adults that have provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during the past year.

4 The Caregivers Among Us

5 Stage One: The Early Stage

6 The 5 Rs Recognize stress Recognize stress Reflect-self care and self talk Reflect-self care and self talk Reassuring Thoughts-replace negative feelings and thoughts with calming supportive ones Reassuring Thoughts-replace negative feelings and thoughts with calming supportive ones Relaxation and Recreation Relaxation and Recreation Reward-reward yourself for coping attempts even if you feel they are not fully obtained Reward-reward yourself for coping attempts even if you feel they are not fully obtained

7 Stage Two-The Middle Stage

8 Caregivers Concerns Caregivers Concerns I cant get enough sleep I cant get enough sleep I have conflicts with other family members I have conflicts with other family members I feel anxious I feel anxious I feel like I have no time for myself I feel like I have no time for myself I worry that Im not doing a good job as a caregiver I worry that Im not doing a good job as a caregiver I feel depressed, trapped or resentful I feel depressed, trapped or resentful

9 Strategies for Success Develop a routine Develop a routine Effective Communication with Healthcare Professionals Effective Communication with Healthcare Professionals Acknowledge the care recipient's feelings Acknowledge the care recipient's feelings Have fun with your loved one(photos) Have fun with your loved one(photos) Take Care of Yourself Take Care of Yourself Explore community resources Explore community resources

10 Caregiver Services through CPAAA Information Information Assistance Assistance Counseling Counseling Working Caregiver Support Program Working Caregiver Support Program Support Group Support Group Respite Respite Transportation Transportation

11 Other Services Provided to Benefit Caregivers Case Management Case Management Senior Centers Senior Centers RSVP Volunteer Program RSVP Volunteer Program Minor Home Repair Minor Home Repair Meal Services Meal Services Community Assessment Program for Seniors (CAPS) Community Assessment Program for Seniors (CAPS) Roving Pantry Roving Pantry Legal Services Legal Services

12 Stage Three-Final Stage

13 Closing thought There are only four kinds of people in this world: Those who are caregivers. Those who were caregivers. Those who will be caregivers. And those who will need the help of a caregiver. -Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

14 Have You Thanked a Caregiver Today? Conni Mansaw Caregiver Coordinator


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